Hundreds of supporters joined the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Asheville and walked from home across the Asheville area on Oct. 9 to help fight to end Alzheimer’s disease.

Participants raised more than $82,000 to fund Alzheimer’s care, support and research programs.

“We appreciate our Walk participants, volunteers, sponsors, staff and the Buncombe County community and surrounding areas for coming together to take steps for all those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia,” said Katherine L. Lambert, CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association — Western Carolina Chapter.

“Congratulations and many thanks to all involved for raising critical funds for Alzheimer’s research and local support services. Together, we are showing the 180,000 North Carolina residents living with Alzheimer’s and 358,000 caregivers that we care and we will never give up in the fight to end this disease.”

Biltmore Lakers was the top fundraising team at this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s, raising $16,309. The other top fundraising teams included Team Edwards Echoes ($9,563) and Team Code 30 ($7,815).

A Promise Garden to honor all people impacted by Alzheimer’s was created in a “view only” format on Walk day at Beverly-Hanks & Associates in Asheville. The colors of the Promise Garden flowers represent people’s connection to Alzheimer’s — their personal reasons to end the disease.

The association said it is keeping up the momentum and continuing to raise critical funds and awareness with a goal to raise $115,000 by the end of the year.

Walk Day may have passed, but individuals are being encouraged to register, watch the opening ceremony, walk in their neighborhoods and fundraise on their own. Registrations and donations are still being accepted through Dec. 31 at act.alz.org/Asheville.

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